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North East artists will bring local colour to this international event.

SOME OF the North-East's finest artists are hoping their work will dazzle visitors to this year's Fair.

Artists from across the region have been busy putting finishing touches to new works of art which wills be unveiled at the fifth annual NewcastleGateshead Art Fair.

Visitors to the Art Fair will be able to experience the joyous, vibrantly coloured paintings of prolific North-East -born painter Susan Lincoln, whose inspiration springs from the wild landscape that surrounds her studio in Cumbria, as well as from her African Grey parrot that often sits on her shoulder as she paints.

Horses, birds and flowers feature strongly in her vigorous, spontaneous paintings. She says: "I like my work to have a happy or magical element to it. Art should make you smile as well, I think."

Susan is represented by the Balman Gallery, based in Corbridge, Northumberland, which will be showing work from a number of its artists, including Durham-based wood engraver and oil painter Alastair Lovett, whose art is motivated by his desire to seek out the unexplored in even the smallest experience.

Alastair is largely self-taught but as an undergraduate received instruction in oil painting from Wolfe von Lenkiewicz. As a wood engraver, he has exhibited across the country with the Society of Wood Engravers.

Elsewhere at the Art Fair, the Bridekirk Fine Art stand will showcase the work of a number of North-East artists, with images depicting the iconic buildings and extraordinary scenery of the region hanging alongside work inspired by locations around the world.

The stand will be manned by two of the contributing artists, Sue Fenlon and Paul Wright, and will feature work that appears on the new Bridekirk Fine Art website, which has been launched to make art created in the North-East more accessible to buyers who have moved away from the region.

Meanwhile, at The Design Room Art Gallery stand, visitors will be able to experience the work of Alnwick-based landscape artist Ken Spencer, who created such an impact at last year's event, while the mixed media work of Northumberland artist Mike Bell, whose inspirations include Kielder Water and the Otterburn Ranges, will be shown as part of the SiOTT Gallery exhibition.

Newcastle-based Emma McMillan brings the work of five artists to the event, including Dutchman Hans Meertens, as part of the 'offline debut' for her Gallereo website, which provides online gallery space to artists and photographers.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Sep 29, 2011
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